About: efficacité énergétique

EU and New Zealand: Partnership powers in the Pacific

Small developing states in the Pacific have traditionally relied on imports of fossil fuels. The cost of the fuel, combined with its price volatility, and the islands' geographic remoteness, are all significant strains on these small economies, write Andrew Jacobs and Michalis Rokas.
Energy 08-09-2016

A call for more ambitious 2030 energy efficiency targets

A report from the European Commission’s own research centre triggers an interesting debate by showing that the EU is well on track to reach its headline 2020 energy efficiency target. The 2030 target should be more ambitious as a result, writes Marion Santini.

EU climate rules a missed opportunity to drive energy efficient building renovation

The EU must focus its legislation on policies that have the most potential to bring change. Unfortunately, its new Effort Sharing Regulation to cut greenhouse gas emissions missed an opportunity to drive energy efficient building renovation, which has huge potentital to cut CO2, writes Shradha Abt.

Mobilising private financing for energy efficiency of buildings

Europe’s ageing building stock needs large-scale energy efficiency renovation if the EU is to meet its climate and energy targets. Increased private investment would create jobs and help citizens save money, writes Luca Bertalot.
Climate change 22-04-2016

The EU needs to raise its climate ambition to secure investment in the future

The European Union must wake up to a new post-Paris Agreement reality. It needs an ambitious climate action plan to regain its credibility as a “climate leader” and send the right signals to investors, argues Hans-Josef Fell.
Energy 20-04-2016

Why the EU’s electricity market design proposal actually matters

The European Commission’s vision of an Energy Union with citizens at its core, where consumers take ownership of the energy transition, is to be applauded but needs to be followed up with genuine policy change, writes Jonathan Gaventa.

Ecolabels are part of the drive for a more resource-efficient Europe

The message that the EU is facing a resource crisis must finally be getting through, if the extensive media coverage of the Commission's adoption of Ecolabel criteria for toilets and urinals is to be believed. Sadly not, as many media simply saw a stick with which they could try to bash the EU with erroneous headlines about regulating toilet flushing or standardising toilets, writes Janez Poto?nik.

The Green economy is Europe’s ticket to the post-crisis world

The European crisis-management was at each turn at best accidental and the challenges facing the EU five years down the road are great. But European leaders could turn this ever-threatening crisis into a meaningful transition if they focus on developing a 'green economy', writes Éloi Laurent.
Trade & Society 12-06-2013

Addressing human rights abuses from gold mining without stigmatisation

Much attention has been paid over recent months to ways of cutting links between natural resources and the fuelling of unlawful armed conflict, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, writes Terry Heymann. But policies to address the issue might also have unintended consequences, he warns.

Ship recycling: EU needs to take responsibility for hidden costs

Shipbreaking on the beaches of South Asia results in disastrous pollution, labour rights abuses, severe injuries and fatalities among workers. Still, the vast majority of European shipping companies continue to avoid the costs of proper disposal by selling their ships to these breaking yards, writes Patrizia Heidegger.

Resource efficiency: A global game changer

The EU has established resource efficiency as one of its seven flagship initiatives for the 2020 agenda, and its roadmap is supported by many programmes and initiatives on the ground. Yet, it is a tiger without teeth, claims the latest report by the Transatlantic Academy, a research institution that aims to create common approaches for the long-term challenges faced by Europe and North America.

Sustainability: A lever for economic growth

Investing in sustainable industries is a win-win situation that will boost the much-needed growth in the EU while creating a sustainable and eco-friendly environment, writes Antonio Tajani, commissioner for industry and Entrepreneurship.
Agrifood 28-02-2012

Food matters: Setting the table for a greener future

Humans ought to change their eating habits to successfully meet the 2050 targets set out in the European Commission's resource efficiency roadmap, writes Oliver Smith.
Energy 27-02-2012

Time to jump-start eco-design

After years of delays, hopes are high that 2012 will be the year Europe’s Ecodesign Directive will finally kick into action, saving billions of euros and the environment, says Stéphane Arditi, coordinator for the 'Coolproducts' campaign to promote energy-efficient appliances and other consumer goods.

Resource efficiency: different sectors need different maps?

The European Commission should consider sectoral approaches to its resource-efficiency roadmap as different waste streams like paper or metal follow different supply pathways, argues Jori Ringman-Beck, from the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC).

Resource-efficiency: Europe can set a global example

The European Commission's roadmap for a resource-efficient Europe proposes a decent way forward to transform the Union into a sustainable economy, writes Bas de Leeuw from the World Resources Forum.
Energy 19-06-2008

Resource crises: Should we strike a deal with the dealers?

The current high prices for oil and foodstuffs are indicators of an imminent crisis in the world economic order, which fails to internalise ecological limits and resource scarcity, says Luxembourg Green MEP Claude Turmes.

Analysis: Resource efficiency – Innovations for the environment and jobs

A conference held by German think-tank Ecologic examined the issue of resource efficiency (energy, raw materials) and the opportunities it provides for the economy and job creation.

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